About me.

Hi there, my name is Carl-Eric Wegner and I'm a research line leader in the lab of Kirsten Küsel and lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. With my background in applied biology, molecular/environmental microbiology, and bioinformatics, I'm driven by my interest in microbial physiology - how do the smallest, and likely most relevant, creatures contribute to life on Earth as we know it?

The focus of my research is on top-down / bottom-up microbial carbon cycling. I foremost study lanthanide-dependent methylotrophy in the family Beijerinckiaceae and complex carbon turnover in diverse ecosystems - peat bogs, rice paddies, groundwater. To do so I'm using classic microbiological techniques and omics techniques including especially (meta/pan)genomics and (meta)transcriptomics.

I'm affiliated with the collaborative research centers AquaDiva and ChemBioSys and the excellence cluster Microverse .

Looking for new challenges is part of my understanding of research and science. Feel free to reach out to carl-eric.wegner@uni-jena.de if you want to get in touch!

Selected recent publications.

Wegner et al., 2019
Wegner et al., 2020
Cooper, Wegner et al., 2020
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. Wegner et al.
Appl. Environ. Microbiol. Wegner et al.
ISME J Cooper, Wegner et al.
Lanthanide-dependent methylotrophs of the family Beijerinckiaceae: physiological and genomic insights
Biogeochemical regimes in shallow aquifers reflect the metabolic coupling of the elements nitrogen, sulfur and carbon
Iron is not everything: unexpected complex metabolic responsesbetween iron-cycling microorganisms


Postgraduate professional career

  • Since 2016 Postdoctoral researcher, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Aquatic Geomicrobiology
  • 2014-2016 Postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Department of Biogeochemistry

Advanced academic qualifications

  • 2011-2014 Ph.D. Microbiology (magna cum laude)
    Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany
    Phillips University Marburg, Germany
    Supervisor: PD Dr. Werner Liesack, Department of Biogeochemistry

University training and degree

  • 2009-2011 M.Sc. Microbiology
    University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
    Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
    Supervisors: PD Dr. Thorsten Brinkhoff (University of Oldenburg), Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner (Max Planck Institute Bremen)
  • 2006-2009 B.Sc. Applied Biology – B.Sc. (honours) Molecular Microbiology
    University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Bonn, Germany
    University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
    Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Annette Menke (UoA Bonn-Rhein-Sieg), Dr. Anne Donaldson (University of Aberdeen)

Other (Awards, Grants, Memberships)

  • Since 2016 Member of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
  • Since 2012 Member of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS)
  • Since 2012 Member of the German Society for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)
  • Since 2012 Member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • 2015 FEMS travel grant awardee
  • 2013-2014 Spokesperson of the PhD students of Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
  • 2012, 2013 VAAM travel grant awardee
  • 2011-2014 Scholarship of the International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology
  • 2011 Award of the University of Oldenburg for Excellent Student Accomplishments
  • 2008 Research scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for undergraduate studies abroad at the University of Aberdeen, UK (2008-2009)
  • 2006 Award of the Federal State of Northrhine Westphalia for Exceptional Public Service